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64% of Argentines do not frequently change their computer or service passwords revealed a survey conducted by a renowned IT security company, noting that one in three people use the same three keys to manage all their online accounts.
The report, conducted by Russian firm Kaspersky (developer of the same name antivirus) together with Chilean consultancy Corpa, based on a sample of 2,326 online interviews with users between 18 and 50 years of age from Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, drew attention to both factors and considered that changing keys regularly increases security.
In addition, “the greatest vulnerability of a password lies in its reuse,” he recalled, because when cybercriminals get the password from an account they usually combine it with other services of the victim.
According to the same survey, 40% of Argentines shared their phone password with others, while 23% do not remember when they were last changed.
According to Kaspersky, passwords have a dilemma: those that are difficult to forget are often too simple, but complex ones are often forgotten, and this leads to people being limited to the use of the same keys.
David Jacoby, Kaspersky Lab researcher, explained that the security of a password “should not be based on its complexity, but on its uniqueness, something that goes hand in hand with keeping it private.”
In this regard, he recommended creating keys that combine a “static string” (a part that is not changed, which may come from a phrase, a movie or a song, added to some special character like # or @) and associate it with a feature of the service in question.
“ For example, if you are creating a password for Facebook, you can associate Facebook with the blue color of the logo: then, just add the word 'blue', perhaps in uppercase, to the end of your static string,” he recommended.
Publication Date: 01/02/2019
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